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Please could I have opinions on the following: My V reg Vectra, diesel, needs a new clutch. Called for a quote and was told £485, at which point I nearly passed out !! Does anyone know whether this… Read More
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
Please could I have opinions on the following:

My V reg Vectra, diesel, needs a new clutch. Called for a quote and was told £485, at which point I nearly passed out !!

Does anyone know whether this sounds about right for a new clutch, or whether someone has heard 'female that doesn't really know about cars' and chucked a daft figure at me

Thanks for any advice
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
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#1
My dad had his clutch replaced a few months ago and paid around £400... You should always get atleast two quotes though :)
#2
does sound a bit steep was that from a dealership? its always worth while going through the yellowpages for a smaller garage could save you ££££££
#3
Vectra clutches are notoriously fiddly to fit.

Best advice I can give is to get a few quotes. Independent specialists are normally your best bet.

Where are you based as someone on here might be able to make a recommendation?

Try and stick to one that has been recommended to you by a friend where they have taken their car.

Try your local Vauxhall dealer as well to get a real shock!

I can't recommend places like Mr Clutch as I hear nothing but problems about these 'specialist' places.
#4
Thanks for your advice everyone. :thumbsup:

It was Mr Clutch that I called, but I think now after reading that they're not a great as they say, I wont be using them. I always thought that the smaller garages would be more expensive, but I guess this isn't always the case and my local one might be worth a try.

I'm in Windsor, so if there is anyone that knows a good garage round this area, it would be much appreciated.
#5
old micra a number of years ago at mr clutch. Paid £99. think it was reconditoned
banned#6
better searchin yell for a private/self employed person to get the best deal. Thats what i did when i had a saxo and the clutch went. Think it cost me about £350. Theres also the option with them of not fitting a brand new clutch that they would have to do at garages, that would knock the price down a bit.
#7
ask people who you know and trust to recommend a decent local garage, may not always be the cheapest but if your friends have had work done and still go back to them it says a lot about them. Some good advice given in the posts so far:thumbsup:
#8
i have a friend who is a vauxhall mechanic i can put you in touch with him he might be interested in doing it for you at a much more reasonable price
#9
davcohen
i have a friend who is a vauxhall mechanic i can put you in touch with him he might be interested in doing it for you at a much more reasonable price



If you wouldn't mind, that'd be great. I'll send you a PM
#10
Dealership garages will always overprice, its not the actual parts that cost that much, its the labour. My local VW dealer charges around the £75 per hour for labour, whereas my local (now favourite) garage charges £35.

A good example I have is a service I recently got. Dealer quoted me £300 on a major service for my 4year old Polo (it has a full service history and no known problems), unfortunately my car had a problem and I had to call out RAC, they took me to one of their approved garages, the RAC guy explained that they never take customers to dealers as they will rip you off! He took me to the approved garage he uses, I had my car fixed (coil replaced) and the service, it cost me £200!!
#11
Yep definitely ring around. Both my Dad and Aunt work at Garages and it shows how much prices can vary. Both are small private garages.. where my Dad works charge £25 per hour labour and where my Aunt works charge £55 an hour labour for the exact same thing :thumbsup:
#12
I hate having to deal with my car problems, pain in the ass, you just never know whether you're gonna get ripped off.

Kinda like a PC I suppose, you can either install a free Virus Guard/Spyware and run the cleaner yourself (free, kinda!), ask a mate (cheap deal), or take it to PC world where they charge you £40!
#13
Antigod
Dealership garages will always overprice, its not the actual parts that cost that much, its the labour. My local VW dealer charges around the £75 per hour for labour, whereas my local (now favourite) garage charges £35.


Not 'alf.

My mate phoned some one of them up a while ago to have some work done on his Golf. I can't remember exactly the work he wanted done on it, but it was some upgrade of some kind that would involve modification to the dashboard and a little computer to be fitted in it somewhere. The guy at the dealership scrambled around for a couple of minutes and came back with a quote.

"It'll be £4000"
"Sorry?"
"Four-thousand pounds"
"Four thousand? But I've been quoted, like, £350 elsewhere. How can it be so expensive?"
"Well, the kit is expensive. There's lots of parts to it. There's one wire here that costs £40 by itself"

Nice line of work if you can get it. And don't mind having the occasional customer burst out laughing as you try and justify a price.
banned#14
I had to get a new mirror on astra after somebody knocked it loose in a car park. Took it to vauxhall garage and they charging about £400 bcoz ordered motor for the mirror, frame, and matching paint when it only really needs the frame. luckily im not payin coz company car :giggle:
#15
Rogue traders took two cars, both over 8years old, put some air into the clutch hydraulics, each garage they went to wanted to charge hundreds for new clutch when all it needed was £10 fix on hydraulics.

Get a quote from a M.O.T. garage run by the council not a money grubbing normal garage.
#16
Does seem somewhat expensive as the parts can't come to more than £100 surely? Only reason I could see it being that much is if the cluctch cylinder is shagged, which i'm led to believe is a common problem on vauxhalls.

Fwiw I had a recon gearbox and a new clutch fitted in my escort a couple of years ago and that only came to about £350....
#17
Yeah I think lots of dealer garages will try it on, I also had a similar problem at my local Ford Dealer. My Fiesta (aint got it anymore) went in for a service, got a call to tell me all was fine, standard service charge of £190. Anyway went to pick it up, car wouldnt go in gear at all, I had to go home in the courtesy car.

Anyway they called back the next day to tell me the clutch had gone and it would cost me £500! After both myself and my Dad had very harsh words with both the mechanic manager and the owner, they finally admitted that it happened when the car was on the ramp! In the end I only paid for the parts, about £100. It just amazes me how dealership garages can do this kind of thing, and some poor souls will actually fall for it and pay!

This particular dealer shut down about 2years back, went into administration, hmm I wonder why?!

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